Average Weather in October in Federal Way Washington, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 11°F, from 66°F to 55°F, rarely falling below 49°F or exceeding 75°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 5°F, from 50°F to 44°F, rarely falling below 36°F or exceeding 56°F.
For reference, on August 3, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Federal Way typically range from 57°F to 78°F, while on January 1, the coldest day of the year, they range from 37°F to 45°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in October
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on October. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in October
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The month of October in Federal Way experiences very rapidly increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 46% to 66%.
The clearest day of the month is October 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 54% of the time.
For reference, on January 19, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 74%, while on August 3, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 76%.
Cloud Cover Categories in October
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Federal Way, the chance of a wet day over the course of October is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 28% and ending it at 50%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 58% on November 18, and its lowest chance is 8% on August 5.
Probability of Precipitation in October
To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during October in Federal Way is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 2.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 5.3 inches or falls below 0.6 inches, and ending the month at 6.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 10.2 inches or falls below 2.7 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in October
Over the course of October in Federal Way, the length of the day is rapidly decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 1 hour, 38 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 3 minutes, 16 seconds, and weekly decrease of 22 minutes, 49 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is October 31, with 10 hours, 2 minutes of daylight and the longest day is October 1, with 11 hours, 40 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in October
The earliest sunrise of the month in Federal Way is 7:08 AM on October 1 and the latest sunrise is 43 minutes later at 7:51 AM on October 31.
The latest sunset is 6:48 PM on October 1 and the earliest sunset is 55 minutes earlier at 5:53 PM on October 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Federal Way during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during October, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:12 AM and sets 15 hours, 57 minutes later, at 9:09 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:53 AM and sets 8 hours, 28 minutes later, at 4:21 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in October
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Federal Way is essentially constant during October, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on September 13, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time, while on January 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in October
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Federal Way is gradually increasing during October, increasing from 3.7 miles per hour to 4.7 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on November 30, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.3 miles per hour, while on August 2, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in October
Wind Direction in October
Federal Way is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average surface water temperature in Federal Way is gradually decreasing during October, falling by 3°F, from 55°F to 52°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in October
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season in Federal Way typically lasts for 8.2 months (253 days), from around March 9 to around November 17, rarely starting before February 10 or after April 4, and rarely ending before October 28 or after December 16.
The month of October in Federal Way is more likely than not fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season decreasing from 100% to 85% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in October
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
The average accumulated growing degree days in Federal Way are gradually increasing during October, increasing by 122°F, from 1,850°F to 1,973°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in October
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Federal Way is rapidly decreasing during October, falling by 1.7 kWh, from 3.5 kWh to 1.8 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in October
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Federal Way are 47.322 deg latitude, -122.313 deg longitude, and 351 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Federal Way contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 525 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 386 feet. Within 10 miles also contains significant variations in elevation (705 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (14,383 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Federal Way is covered by artificial surfaces (95%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (63%) and water (20%), and within 50 miles by trees (53%) and shrubs (15%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Federal Way year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Federal Way.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Federal Way according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Federal Way is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Federal Way and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (42%, 14 kilometers, north); Tacoma Narrows Airport (22%, 21 kilometers, west); McChord Field Airport (Joint Base Lewis-McChord) (19%, 23 kilometers, southwest); and Pierce County Airport Thun Field (17%, 24 kilometers, south).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
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We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
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